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Silver Dollar City unveils their newest roller coaster - Outlaw Run

Updated: Aug 9, 2012 06:19 PM
BRANSON, MISSOURI -

Silver Dollar City park officials say their newest attraction - "Outlaw Run" will be the only wooden roller coaster of its kind.

The ride starts in an old stage coach hub and riders are strapped into the rail cart with only a lap bar.  With top speeds of 68 miles per hour, it takes 90 seconds to complete the 1.5 mile long track that includes an 81 degree drop and three upside down loops.

It will be the second fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and will be the only wooden roller coaster in the world to twist upside down.

The $10 million project was unveiled to the public on Thursday and is the biggest addition to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri in the last decade.

Park officials say the new attraction is expected to increase park traffic by 65,000 guests in the 2013 season.

For Ashley Evans and her family summer vacation means traveling from Topeka, Kansas to Branson, Missouri, and on Thursday they were at the park for the unveiling of the upcoming attraction.

"I think that's pretty insane because I've never seen a wooden roller coaster do that before," says Evans.

"This is all packed together in the woods, you're never going to get a chance to take a breath on this coaster because it's going to be fast the second you leave the station - that's one of the most exciting things about this, that it's going to be a big time adrenaline rush from start to end," says roller coaster enthusiast Dwayne Marden.

As the last piece of the double barrel roll track is set in place and as crews continue to work, park officials say the ride will soon be "the most daring wood coaster, in the world".

"As we plan for 2013 we knew that we wanted an attraction that would drive more visitors and it's important for not only the Joplin and Springfield folks to visit but it's really important for us to have something to talk about from Dallas to Chicago and from sea to shinning sea literally," says Brad Thomas of Silver Dollar City.

Park officials will be testing the coaster this winter and it is expected to be ready to ride in March 2013.

For every tree that had to take out to construct the ride, two or more were planted elsewhere in the park.

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